BEA notches two SCC wins
The Blue Earth Area baseball team’s bats were on fire Thursday night against St. Peter.
The Buccaneers cracked 13 hits to earn the 14-7 victory.
Offensively, BEA received six RBI’s from Josh Amundson who finished the night with a triple and two home runs.
Amundson started the hit parade for BEA in the first inning with a two run home run, driving in Joe Franta.
The Bucs held the Saints in the bottom half of the inning to clear the way for a three run top of the second.
BEA took advantage of sloppy play in the field to set the table for Amundson’s bases-clearing triple that drove in three runs.
St. Peter responded in the bottom half of the second, scoring two runs highlighted by a Jordan Wilmes home run.
In the third, BEA salted the game away by scoring six runs on five hits.
Two doubles from Andrew Bell and Taylor Owen were the noteworthy hits of the inning.
St. Peter had steady production the rest of the game but couldn’t match the BEA bats.
The Saints scored one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the sixth.
In the top of the fifth, Amundson wasn’t finished offensively as he hit his second home run of the game.
BEA rounded out the scoring in the last inning crossing two runners for their 13th and 14th runs of the contest.
Bell and Amundson combined to get the win from the mound for the Bucs. Bell started the game going 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs.
The Bucs then handed the ball to Amundson who closed the game, allowing two runs on four hits.
BEA 9, St. James 5
In a back and forth affair, the Blue Earth Area baseball team came out on top, 9-5, last Tuesday night against St. James.
“The lead changes showed that it was two evenly matched teams playing,” head coach Todd Schmidtke says. “I am proud of the boys. We were ahead at the end of the game and that’s what counts.”
With St. James and BEA trading punches in innings one through four, the Bucs cemented the lead in a three run bottom of the fifth.
On consecutive pitches, Josh Amundson and Jonah Pirsig singled to left setting the table for the decisive fifth inning.
A wild throw by St. James’ shortstop scored Pirsig and Amundson.
A balk brought in the final run for the Bucs, putting them ahead 7-5.
St. James could not bounce back from the three unearned runs in the frame.
“It was to our benefit that we kept putting the ball in play,” Schmidtke says. “You make any team and not just St. James make plays, in the field and eventually good things will happen.”
In the sixth, BEA added two insurance runs highlighted by a Carter Hanson single to left driving in the Bucs’ ninth run.
St. James made the seventh inning interesting when they strung together two singles. The second long single ended Taylor Owen’s day.
Owen threw six innings for the Bucs finishing with nine-strikeouts.
“Taylor battled,” Schmidtke says. “He did a great job and just got a little tired at the end of the game.”
With runners on first and second and nobody out, Schmidtke called on Amundson to close the game.
“I wanted to give the St. James hitters a little something different to look at,” Schmidtke says. “Josh has been really excellent in that saving position.”
With a deliberate demeanor, Amundson did not seem rattled in the pressure situation.
To get the first out, the trusty reliever, used a sneaky fast side arm delivery to get a strikeout.
The next batter drilled, an infield single deep in the hole to the shortstop loading the bases with one out.
Amundson then went deep into his bag of tricks, mixing in off speed pitches to get the games final outs. Joe Franta caught the out number two on a pop up behind second base. Out number three came on a sunday hop to the shortstop with an easy force out to second.
The opportunity to close the game was Amundson’s fifth situation like it this year.
“He comes in and nothing bothers him,” Schmidtke says. “We get the outs and win the game.”
BEA had a solid day at the plate outhitting St. James 13 to 12.
“The kids kept battling and we kept getting base runners,” Schmidtke says. “Putting the ball in play and not striking out a lot was a big plus for us.”
BEA will now have a chaotic end to the season with five games scheduled before subsection May 28.
“It was a big win going into seeding,” Schmidtke says. “We will see what happens.”